Missing 15-year-old Orange County girl found safe in Louisiana; still unclear if charges will be filed

ORANGE COUNTY, Texas — A 15-year-old girl, whose family claims she was being manipulated by a man she met on Snapchat, was found alive Thursday. The mother of the teen, Tammy Cox, took to Facebook to thank everyone who helped to bring her daughter home safely.

“She had been found and is safe!!! Thanks to everybody for all you have done for one little girl, please don’t forget that there are others out there still missing. Much love!!!” Cox said.

Following nearly a week of searching, Heaven Ray Cox was found at a relative’s residence in Louisiana, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators concluded the teen left her Mauriceville, Texas home on Nov. 26 of her own accord. However, deputies will continue to interview all persons involved as the sheriff’s office decides whether or not to file charges.

“We have not ruled out pending criminal charges,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “This investigation will continue, and we will relay further information as it becomes available.”

A mother searches tirelessly for her daughter

Tammy Cox’s original post stated that her daughter suffered from a bipolar disorder and was being manipulated by an older man she met on SnapChat and was in a manic state due to being off her medication.

“In her current state of mind, she believes that he is her friend,” the mother said on Facebook.

The family claimed the man told her that he would be in San Antonio for Thanksgiving and would pick her up. Heaven left a goodbye note for her parents with the message she wouldn’t have a phone before she disappeared. The mother said the man may have taken it away from her.

“I’m sure he has taken it from her, as it isn’t here, and I have torn her room apart,” Tammy Cox said in a post.